Infinity War is here, so this episode is all about superheroes!
It cannot be doubted that Zack Snyder has created one of the biggest spectacles in the superhero world with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even among the negative critic reviews it continues to build its own fans, confusing the landscape for potential viewers even more. But is it really any surprise that such a polarizing film should elicit mixed opinions? Even so, there’s more going on in the film that just a gritty take on violent vigilantism.
The greatest test of the secondary characters of the Batman mythos has always been how to stand apart. Sure, people like Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, etc., but is that just an extension of the Dark Knight? And if so, are these characters actually good, or are they just a knock-off stand-in similar to shoddy fan fiction?
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been among the most highly anticipated comic book shows around. That’s not without reason, seeing as it’s the closest fans will get to a TV Justice League, and Doctor Who vet Arthur Darvill is starring. And while it employs many of the same silly mistakes that keep Arrow and The Flash from being top-tier, it’s far from disappointing.
Jessica Jones isn’t much like any superhero you’ve ever met. Sure, she’s a heavy drinker like Iron Man, and throws grown men as though they were plush dolls like the Hulk. But the thing that really sets her apart is that she’s got to be the biggest jerk of a protagonist that I’ve ever seen on screen.
She’s also arguably the most selfless hero Marvel has ever put on screen.
Flying one million light years to protect a child superhero sounds enthralling. Fetching coffee for a cranky media mogul? Not so much.
Daredevil is a popular Marvel superhero for many reasons. He’s blind, yet able to turn his disability into an advantage. He’s got a cool costume (as long as we forget about the yellow). Almost paradoxically, he’s a lawyer that takes the law into his own hands. These are all things that make Daredevil compelling, whether it be as an interesting character study or because we personally identify with some aspect of his story. The thing I find most compelling and accessible about Matt Murdock, however, is not disability or his all-but-lost neighborhood, but the struggles of his faith.